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How To Make Incense

How To Make Incense

You'll never have to worry about not being able to find reasonably priced incense in the aromas you love. VideoJug will teach you how to make your own special scented incense sticks.

Today, I'm going to show you how to make incense. Typically, incense was taking the raw materials, such as clove or cinnamon, rose petals, jasmine petals, and crushing it to a fine powder with pestle and mortar and then creating a paste to stick around reed sticks or bamboo sticks. These days, you tend to buy unscented sticks that have a slight absorbent layer ready to soak up the fragrance oil, that, I'm going to use.

I have twelve sticks ready to use, and I have chosen rose fragrance oil and Neroli which is Orange Blossom, fragrance oil to scent my sticks with. I need to be able to soak the entire length of the absorbent strip on my stick, so I have got a nice tool measuring beaker here that just about holds the stick, and I'm going to pour my fragrance oil into the measuring beaker. With a bit of luck, it will come somewhere near the top just allowing the main absorbent strip of my stick to soak up the oil.

And I need just leave that for three or four minutes to allow the oil to really absorb into the stick. I think the oil's really absorbed into the part of the stick, so now, I take these out. You'll see these are very wet so I need to lay them out on my rack to dry.

Underneath my rack, I've put a little bit of waxed paper and a bit of kitchen towel. The kitchen towel will absorb any of the drips and the waxed paper just prevents it going through and marking the surface. I'm going to leave these to dry for about twelve hours.

After twelve hours, they won't be thoroughly dry, but I'm just going to wrap them in a bit of cling film just to allow the last pieces of the oil to be absorbed into the stick. Smell's good, by the way. These sticks have been lying on my draining rack for just over twenty-four hours and they're now dry.

The trouble is if I burn them now, they would smoke a little bit, so I just want to seal them to stop any smoke when I'm burning my incense. The product I'm going to use is dipropylene glycol, DPG, and I'm literally just going to dip the stick into the DPG to coat it. I'm using my measuring beaker again.

And now, just a swift dip in and out, so that stick's now coated in DPG. DPG evaporates so that won't take too long for that stick to dry. Now, I'm just going to dip each of these sticks I've made here.

I don't want to put them all in there because I don't want to leave them in there too long. They literally just need a coating. So I'm leaving these sticks to dry - shouldn't take very long at all - and once they are dry, you can burn them by lighting the end and allowing the stick to slowly burn down.

As it burns down, it releases the beautiful aroma into your home. And that's how you make incense. .